With a title like Crazy Rich Asians, we were completely expecting a gaudy presentation of abundance in the film packed with super vehicles, palatial houses, uber yachts, luxurious gems, extravagant closets, and obviously, a large group of extravagance watches . What’s more, we were not frustrated—especially in the horology division.
Among the host of very good quality watches we found in the film, from Nick Young’s (Henry Golding) vintage Omega Seamaster DeVille (the entertainer’s own) to Eleanor Sung Young’s (Michelle Yeoh) precious stone Richard Mille (the entertainer’s own) to Bernard Tai’s (Jimmy O. Yang) rose gold Hublot, there’s one that grabbed our attention. It was in all honesty a vintage Rolex Daytona “Paul Newman.” But how did the film figure out how to source a particularly amazing (and real!) vintage Rolex watch to include in a critical scene in the film? We can thank our companion Eric Wind for that.
A Rolex Daytona 6263 made an appearance in Crazy Rich Asians
Kevin Kwan Seeks Crazy Rich Watch
As Eric describes in his story , the writer of the book Crazy Rich Asians , Kevin Kwan, contacted Eric for assist with a “watch crisis” for a scene that should have been recorded in Malaysia in a couple of brief days. The scene was to include Astrid Teo (Gemma Chan,) otherwise known as “The Goddess,” gifting her better half, Michael Teo (Pierre Png), a watch subsequent to enjoying some pricey adornments for herself.
But what watch would a particularly refined character like Astrid consider qualified to provide for her recently stamped CEO mate? Particularly since the movie’s chief, Jon M. Chu, needed to “include a watch that will truly intrigue watch gatherers.”
Pierre Png, holding a Paul Newman Daytona in Crazy Rich Asians Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures
After a couple of ineffective endeavors to get another watch from Swiss watch fabricates, Eric at long last found a genuine watch authority in Singapore who was able to loan his intense vintage Rolex to the film’s prop ace, Justine Dunn.
The watch was a Rolex Daytona “Paul Newman” ref. 6263 with a Panda Mark II dial, otherwise called the “Shellfish Newman” on account of the Oyster text under the Rolex logo. While on set in May 2017, this particular Daytona model had an estimation of about $500,000, which has now swelled to about $600,000.
In another intriguing turn to the story, the record-breaking $17.8 million offer of Paul Newman ‘s own Daytona “Paul Newman” occurred after the shooting of that scene. Therefore, the Rolex Daytona that got its own screen time in Crazy Rich Asians is befittingly like the world’s most costly watch at any point sold at closeout. Crazy, in fact.